Dates & Locations

Training begins with long runs on Saturday, June 10, 2017. Training is available at the following locations.

Weekend Long Runs

Chicago - Downtown, Lakeshore East 333 E. Benton Pl.

  • Saturdays, 6 AM

Chicago - Montrose Beach

  • Saturdays, 6 AM*
  • Saturdays, 6:30AM*
  • Sundays, 6:30AM*

Darien - Waterfall Glen, Trailhead lot on Cass Avenue, south of I-55 

  • Saturdays, 7 AM

Libertyville - Old School Forest Preserve, Shelter C parking lot; off of St. Mary's Road in Libertyville

  • Saturdays, 6:45 AM

Niles - Bunker Hill Forest Preserve – Grove 4

  • Saturdays, 7 AM

Oak Forest: Yankee Woods Picnic Area on Central Avenue between 163rd and 167th

  • Saturdays, 6:50 AM

Schaumburg - Busse Woods, Enter Forest Preserve on Higgins, just east of 53.

  • Saturdays, 6:30 AM 

Wheaton - Marianos, 625 S Main St, Wheaton, IL, Wheaton

  • Saturdays, 6:45 AM

*Exit Lake Shore Drive at Montrose, head east (all the way to the lake). Montrose changes names to Simonds Drive near here. Follow Montrose/Simonds as it bends left (north).  The group gathers due east of the Montrose Hill by the brick concession building. Meet on the right side of the building facing lake. (Map)

Mid Week Runs

Wednesdays 6:30pm Chicago- Wilson Track

Wednesdays 6:00am Downtown Lakeshore East (May 10-October 4)

Wednesdays 6:00pm Schaumburg group: Ost Field Track, 250 E Wood St, Palatine IL

Wednesdays 6:00pm Oakbrook Park District Aquatic Center

Tuesdays 6:00pm Downers Grove South High School 6pm

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